February 27, 2008

USA

Serious challenge to Dainty's old guard

Martin Williamson

There will be a serious challenge to the existing Gladstone Dainty-led USA Cricket Association administration at next month's executive board elections.

Cricinfo has learned that a group of senior administrators is standing against the existing board and has already gained the backing of several regions. Sources suggest that they have the support of the majority of the regional presidents.

California's Ram Varadarajan is lined up to oppose Dainty as president. Varadarajan would not only bring his passion for cricket to the post but he has considerable business acumen as president and CEO of Arcot Systems, an authentication software company based in Sunnyvale, California. He is backed by John Aaron, a well-known and respected figure inside US cricket circles, as secretary and John Thickett as treasurer.

The group has already underlined its credentials by launching a slick website outlining who they are and what they stand for. This is in direct contrast to the moribund USACA site which has become almost legendary for its lack of any meaningful information to stakeholders.

"Our team is receiving endorsements every day from players, current and former administrations, and cricket lovers from across the length and breadth of the country," a statement on the new site says. "This outpouring of support is a clear indication that cricket enthusiasts across America see a complete break from the current USACA management as a necessary step for the game to flourish here."

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Posted by Gangster Rap on (March 5, 2008, 22:01 GMT)

Dainty is about to get his rear end kicked out of USA cricket! He should just concentrate on his chain of "doubles" carts in Bangladesh. He uses fresh ingridients and they truly taste good.

Posted by JR on (February 28, 2008, 13:20 GMT)

Now that a group of reasonable and honest gentleman has come forward it become all important that the actual election process be open, transparent and above all fair. We need to see a true and correct list of those USACA Members who are allowed to vote in this election and not some "exist on paper and in name only clubs" as in the past. Beyond a neutral auditor, the ICC should send an OFFICIAL MONITOR to oversee the process, after all the ICC will be eventually sending funding to this organization and has a vested interest in seeing that the election is fair. I would not even want to speculate on what happens in the US cricket community if Dainty et al are re-elected through a questionable process. Change is needed and this is the opportunity we have hoped for, make the most of it or suffer from here on.

Posted by GREAT NEWS instead of here we go again on (February 27, 2008, 13:13 GMT)

It's about time people that care about the game with the passion and drive to improve it are stepping forward. The will be a hill to climb but like with Bush the mood is ripe for a change. Sayonara Dainty and your group of has beens. PLEAse make cleaning the SER your first priority.

Posted by Fat_Bulborbs (Brisbane) on (February 27, 2008, 13:09 GMT)

Finally some relief, from the constant stream of depressing USACA-related news.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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